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Family Pulls Together As Toddler Fights To Recover

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SEAFORD, Del. – 2-year-old Cody Abbott is fighting for his life after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash Wednesday.

According to Delaware State Police, Cody's aunt, 16-year-old Logan Ferrell was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus westbound on Whitesville Road approaching the intersection with US Route 13.  Ferrell came to a stop and then entered into the northbound lanes of US 13 and into the path of a 2008 Ford Fusion being operated by Elizabeth Dennis.  The Fusion struck the Taurus on the driver's side causing the car to rotate clockwise and spin into the center median.  The Fusion also continued northbound and came to a stop in the center median.

Police say Cody was seated in the back seat behind Ferrell and was not properly restrained in a safety approved car seat. He was ejected into the front passenger seat, and was flown to A. I. DuPont Hospital with serious injuries.  Ferrell and a 16 year old female passenger were both transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Bill and Tammy Matthews are Cody's paternal grandparents. They say he was visiting other family in Laurel on Wednesday before the accident. "Naturally, the mother and father are upset, his sister's upset, the grandparents on both sides are upset. It's just a bad situation all the way around, especially for the child," said Bill.  Doctors told them Cody does seem to have some motor skills, but is suffering some brain swelling and three cranial fractures.

Bill and Tammy say Cody had been restrained in nothing more than a restaurant-style booster seat. The Matthews want to stress the importance of properly fastening children in the appropriate type of seat. "I just hope and pray that everybody restrains their children and learns from this," Tammy said. "My message to anybody is I don't care if you are going a mile down the road or if you're going across the country, if you've got a minor child in that car, you need to make sure that it is restrained properly," added Bill.

The family is pulling together and remaining optimistic. After visiting him in the hospital, Cody's 11-year-old sister took action. "She started setting up a little ‘memorial' for him. I just got out there and jumped in, did what I could trying to help, trying to keep her mind active. It's her way of saying that she loves her brother and wants him to get better," said Bill. 

The family has been spending as much time as possible with Cody at the hospital, and are hoping for the best. "I just hope everybody can pray for him, we really appreciate it. He really needs all the prayers he can get right now," said Tammy.




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